More than 27,000 trees are cut down just to make toilet paper each day. Bamboo is a much more efficient material for producing paper than trees. It takes 30 years to grow a tree, but it only takes 3 years for bamboo to reach maturity. Bamboo is able to produce 5 to 6 times more raw material than a tree during that time.
Bamboo produces 35% more oxygen per day then than trees, and requires no pesticides or fertilizers. Bamboo also can be grown on degenerated land spaces, and does not require the grade A arable land that trees need to grow on.
Paper production is incredibly toxic – because of bleaching and other factors – and depletes forests worldwide. The boreal forest in Canada is one of the most deeply affected by the timber and paper industry. Industrial logging claims more than a million acres of boreal forest every year, in part to meet demand for tissue products in the United States alone.
Thousands of chemicals are used to process commercial paper products like toilet paper and baby wipes, since unbleached paper is very rough to touch. Those toxic substances can easily enter into our skin and get into our bloodstream.
A Singaporean brand sourced from certified bamboo farms and mills, NooTrees products are made from bamboo pulps that are free from BPA’s, dyes, chemicals or fragrance. Their paper is hypoallergenic ultra absorbent and velvety soft. NooTrees’s packaging is also biodegradable. Some toilet paper brands have plastic packaging that takes more than 200 years to decompose. NooTrees uses an oxy-biodegradable packaging that degrades in only three years. Follow NoTrees on Facebook
A Canadian brand of toilet paper made from organically grown bamboo and sugarcane, both fast growing grasses giving you a natural, sustainable alternative to tree-based bath tissue. Caboo is accredited by the BRC Global Standards, FSC, ISO 14000. Follow Caboo on Facebook.
Ultra soft, absorbent, unscented, no lint, no chlorine bleach, great on skin and a good natural tissue for makeup removal. When you buy a pack, the brand plants a tree, in partnership with the Arbor Day Foundation.
Made of Chlorine Bleach Free (using the ECF method) , 100% Bamboo Pulp. Rolls core are made from recycled cardboard. Packaging is made of food-grade polyethylene, but the company is working on a new type of compostаble 100% biodegradable packaging.
A Canadian brand. 100% Bamboo, Unbleached. Softer than leading traditional brands. Bamboo produces some of the world’s most luxurious fabrics and does not need pesticides or fertilizer.
100% tree-free toilet paper. Made from a proprietary blend of bamboo and sugarcane, this two-ply bath tissue feels soft and luxurious. Seedling by Grove has also partnered with the Arbor Day Foundation through the Seedling Promise. A portion of every Seedling purchase goes to plant trees across the US. Grove provides a large range of other household and personal care products. Follow Grove on Facebook
Understanding Paper Bleaching Standards
The American Forest & Paper Association (AFPA) recognizes these ways of bleaching:
• Elemental Chlorine Free (ECF): While they don’t use the harsh element chlorine, they do use a chlorine derivative like chlorine dioxide. This process is far less toxic than using elemental bleach to process.
• Process Chlorine Free (PCF): This process is typically used by recycled paper products that have not been re-bleached with chlorine-based compounds.
• Totally Chlorine Free (TCF): No chlorine or chlorine compounds were used to bleach the pulp. Unfortunately, TCF is primarily done in China, which uses poor and unsafe standards.